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Can you solve a wedding photo mystery?

Does anyone know who this happy couple were?

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Squadron Leader EM Donaldson commanding officer of No 151 Squadron in 1940

Meet ‘Teddy’ Donaldson – record breaker

Born in Malaya in 1912, ‘Teddy’ Donaldson, as he was known throughout his RAF career, was one of three brothers who would serve as pilots with the RAF.

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HE Bates in his RAF uniform

Herbert Bates – writing the war stories as Flying Officer X

Herbert Ernest (HE) Bates was born on May 16 1905 in Rushden, Northamptonshire and educated at Kettering Grammar School.

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Enjoy the bustle of a traditional steam fair at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum this weekend.

Vintage and Steam returns to open air museum

Step back in time at Vintage and Steam and experience the nostalgic sights and sounds of an era when steam powered the country.

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The Pavilion

So many sweethearts met at the Bognor Pavilion

There is a building in Bognor that always evokes memories – The Pavilion.

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Bob Drabble, centre, reunited with former classmates Brian Morley, left, and Roger Bennett picture: kate shemilt ks16000846-1

Bittersweet reunion for Chichester child migrant

Former Chichester schoolboy Bob Drabble was sent to the other side of the world at the age of 13, as a British child migrant.

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An unselfish student of the world around us

I recently had an email enquiring about Henry Guermonprez (1858-1924) and this week therefore I thought we could take a look at his life.

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Chichester remembers those lost on ‘The Day Sussex Died’

The Sussex men who lost their lives 100 years ago on ‘The Day Sussex Died’ were remembered yesterday at the Portfield Cemetery in Chichester.

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Sergeant Pilot Charlton 'Wag' Haw 1940

Tangmere’s medal winning, piano playing wartime Wag

Charlton ‘Wag’ Haw was born in York on May 8 1920. He developed a taste for aviation at the early age of ten after a joy-ride in a Cobham Flying Circus bi-plane.

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Poignant video tells the story of The Somme

Young men from across all of Sussex fought and died 100 years ago today (July 1) as the Battle of the Somme began.

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Recruits with the Royal Sussex Southdown Battalion in 1915. Note how young some of them look

War records open to all to commemorate centenary of Battle of the Somme

With the 100th anniversary of the Battle of The Somme approaching, a family history website has made its entire collection of military records free to access.

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The town hall that was ‘neat but not gaudy’

Today we have an imposing town hall at the junction of Clarence Road and Belmont Street, but this was not the first premise used.

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Sussex Lambs to the slaughter at Boar’s Head 1916

A century ago, at 3am on Friday June 30 1916, three battalions of the county regiment clambered over the parapet of their trenches to attack the enemy.

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Pickard with parachute troops after the Bruneval raid in February 1942

Brave Percy was the wartime Pick of the RAF bunch

Percy Charles ‘Pick’ Pickard was born in Handsworth, Yorkshire in 1915.

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Styles that were a cut above in 1979

The 1970s are remembered rather fondly as ‘the decade that taste forgot’ – and it is often a blessing that newspaper photos from back then tend to be black and white.

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Old walls, new walls and lunch via helicopter

For anyone with even the slightest interest in Roman history, a trip to Chichester has always been a must.

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When computers were huge but had a lot less byte

Pedestrians came to a standstill in East Street to watch this monstrosity of a computer being hauled through a window.

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The man with time on his hands

If you’re going to have a hobby, why not make it a really good one?

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A Wartime photo of Flight Lieutenant Bob Large.

The fighter pilot who helped take Bader his new legs

Bob Large volunteered for service in the RAF in July 1940 and flew for the first time a month later in a Tiger Moth.

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The day Buzby’s box took a tumble in Bognor

Many strange things happened in 1980.

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